Justin Trudeau’s disconnect from the middle class

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The disconnect is now complete, and Justin Trudeau must accept the fact — if intellectually capable — that he can no longer pretend to be in tune with the very real struggles of middle-class Canadians.

That ruse just came to a crashing end.

Doing a mea culpa tour of the Tim Hortons and church basements of Ontario and western Canada will do nothing to erase our PM shutting down communications, and sneaking off to vacation over New Years to party with family and unnamed friends on the private Bahamian island owned by the Aga Khan, his billionaire “friend” and philanthropist.

There is no repair to this.

Trudeau obviously suspected it would create waves, which is why he issued his press office a gag order, but he is also dumb beyond a post for thinking it would never become public.

If it wasn’t Postmedia’s David Akin, it would be someone else.

Everyone in the media loves a “Where’s Waldo” game when Waldo is the prime minister, and he’s trying to pull a fast one.

Only a myopic elitist with no concept of the majority of his electorate’s daily lives and their collective travails would have expected to come out of this without tar and feathers.

Yet, off Trudeau went.

Riff through the archives of Trudeau’s campaign promises to the middle class, and his pronouncements about understanding their frustrations, and found will be fodder now reeking of hypocrisy.

He talked about listening to families — “just like yours” — who “feel that there is no one on their side.” Surely they must all feel duped.

The fact that Trudeau has now cancelled attending the gathering of billionaires at their annual champagne-infused economic summit in the Swiss enclave of Davos, where he last year partied with the likes of Bono, as well as no-showing at Donald Trump’s Jan. 20 presidential inauguration, will do little to mend the breach in trust with Canada’s working class.

Too many straws — one here, one there — have been added to the load of Trudeau’s deep-seated sense of entitlement, and surely his back is now all but broken.

One straw; his political coming-out party last year in Davos.

Another; those private fundraisers with Chinese billionaires connected to Beijing. Another; the high-end spending of his cabinet ministers on everything from limos to million-dollar office renos.

There are others, of course, but the final straw was floating around the Caribbean on the Aga Khan’s yacht while ordinary Canadians were enduring ice storms and winter lockdown, and worrying about their financial futures.

One would have thought the pushback last year over Trudeau spending Christmas at an expensive resort in St. Kitts and Nevis would have been an important lesson learned.

But obviously not. The chasm between Trudeau and middle-class Canadians is now canyon-esque.

It cannot be leapt by visiting one Tim Hortons at a time, and pretending to have something in common with the guy who just lost his job and whose parka is from Walmart, not Canada Goose.

That once-upon-a-day was lost off the coast of the Bahamas.

By Mark Bonokowski

Jan 8th 2017 Toronto Sun

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